Emergence of Azure as a Strong Alternative to AWS

Is your business thinking of moving to a cloud based infrastructure but don’t know which one is right for you? If the answer is yes, you have come to the right place because this article will discuss Azure and why it is emerging as a strong alternative to AWS.

As we all know, cloud offers so many benefits like reduced costs and better scalability to businesses that they can’t help but opt for it. If you like to stay updated about the latest news in the technology sector, you might have come across the RightScale’s Fifth Annual State of the Cloud Survey, AWS is the leader in public cloud adoption. However, Azure is not far behind. In fact according to a survey done on 100 CIOs by Morgan Stanley predicted that Azure is more likely to become the biggest infrastructure as a service vendor by the year 2019. You know how different cloud provider offer different services as well as capabilities. All you need to do is understand the difference between both the cloud providers:

History of AWS and Azure

Amazon Web Services (AWS) became operational in 2006, whereas Microsoft Azure entered the market in 2010.

Learning about AWS

AWS provides a number of different branded PaaS as well as IaaS solutions to the users. One of the most famous ones that gained a lot of popularity amongst the masses is the EC2 IaaS solution. It is a known fact that Amazon has one of the largest data centers in the world and operates from 35 zones that are located in 13 geographic regions across the globe.

AWS caters to a large number of customers and a wide range of use cases in the mission critical and enterprise applications. Due to its reputation, it attracts a large number of technology partners that that:

  • Deliver add-on services
  • Have integrated AWS with their software.
  • Have packaged and licensed the software to run it on AWS.

Thanks to AWS network of partners, it can provide managed services, professional services, as well as application development expertise. It is much easier to use and adapt to AWS because of its certification and training programs.

Learning about Azure

Microsoft’s Azure integrates the PaaS and IaaS components that work together. Microsoft is consistently working to be better and is rolling out new services and features. It has a vision of platform services and infrastructure in mind that can seamlessly function within the Microsoft infrastructure. Gone are the days when Azure only relied on Windows because today it is increasing its potential of supporting other source technologies like Linux.

When it comes to size, Azure is not in the same league as Amazon, but Microsoft is working to have the same level of flexibility and services. Microsoft has been in the market for so long that its history of internet properties, brand image, customer relationships, and investments has helped it in earning the position of a good IaaS provider. Currently, Azure is functioning in 26 regions across the globe and plans on extending to 8 more regions. The expansion is extremely important for Azure as it will help it to get a higher performance.

Comparing the Basics

Azure and AWS both provide great cloud services. Some of the features of AWS are compute, databases, networking, storage and content delivery. All of these function under Amazon’s admin controls that include auditing, monitoring and logging, and identity management. Azure also covers the same areas but it doesn’t provide load balancing and auto scaling to clients who don’t want to opt for it. Azure offers better options to Window centric development like NET and Visual Studio, in addition to the programming languages like Visual C++ and VB.

Comparing the Storage and Databases

AWS offers temporary storage that is given when an instance begins and is finished when the instance ends. It also supports Big Data and NoSQL databases. Azure, on the other hand, makes use of temporary storage and also supports Big Data and NoSQL databases.

Comparing the Pricing

The pricing can be easily calculated with the Microsoft’s Azure Pricing Calculator and Amazon’s AWS Pricing Calculator.

What People Think about AWS and Azure

AWS has a reputation for having more flexibility and gives its users the option of building the services as per their needs. Azure, on the other hand, has created simple products that are very easy to navigate.

AWS was the go-to choice of most of the people, but lately it is seen that Microsoft is slowly becoming the market leader as more and more companies are opting for cloud infrastructure.

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